ASH Daily news for 22 April 2015



HEADLINES

  • Hertfordshire fire chief: Smoking kills in more ways than one, take steps to protect yourself
  • Liverpool: Schoolchildren back hospitals no smoking plea
  • Hertfordshire: Police called as pensioners quarrel over smoking outside Stortford hospital
  • US: New Orleans going smoke-free in bars, other public places
  • US: Clock ticking for FDA on e-cigarettes
  • US: San Francisco set to strike chewing tobacco from ballparks
  • Earth Day: Help clean up tobacco’s toll on the environment

    Hertfordshire fire chief: Smoking kills in more ways than one, take steps to protect yourself

    Firefighters are pressing home the message that the habit can be deadly in more ways than one. They have pinpointed it as the single biggest factor in accidental fires in the home – a third of all deaths are caused by cigarettes, often because of careless behaviour such as smoking in bed or not taking care after drinking alcohol.

    And when smokers fall asleep with a lit cigarette in hand, their proximity to the resulting fire seriously cuts their chance of making an escape.

    Source: The Comet – 20 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1aRo0i4

    Liverpool: Schoolchildren back hospitals no smoking plea

    Children at a Liverpool primary school are backing a hospital’s drive to be completely smoke-free.

    The Walton Centre joined other Merseyside Trusts in declaring their hospitals smoke-free zones on No Smoking Day in March.

    It means no one can smoke cigarettes or use e-cigarettes within the hospital grounds.

    But the Trust and Holy Name Catholic Primary School, based opposite the hospital on Lower Lane in Fazakerley, also want the immediate vicinity outside the hospital to be smoke-free too.

    Source: Click Liverpool – 21 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1aRo7u0

    Hertfordshire: Police called as pensioners quarrel over smoking outside Stortford hospital

    An argument between pensioners outside Herts and Essex Community Hospital ended with one snatching the other’s cigarette and throwing it in a bin.

    A 69-year-old man told a 75-year-old woman sitting smoking outside the hospital that he did not like smokers and that she was disregarding ‘No smoking’ signs on the premises.

    The quarrel ended with the man snatching the woman’s cigarette and throwing it in a bin. He has been cautioned by police.

    Source: Herts and Essex Observer – 20 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1aRovsh

    US: New Orleans going smoke-free in bars, other public places

    Starting at midnight on Tuesday, smoking is no longer permitted in bars, gambling halls and many other public places such as hotels, workplaces, private clubs and stores. The prohibition includes use of electronic cigarettes indoors in public places.

    Source: Yahoo! News/AP – 22 April 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1aRp05R

    US: Clock ticking for FDA on e-cigarettes

    Friday will mark one year since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed regulating electronic cigarettes, but public health advocates say they’re still waiting. Pressure is building for the FDA to act soon.

    The FDA originally floated the idea of regulating e-cigarettes four years ago, before formally proposing rules last April.

    Under the proposed rule, the FDA would prohibit e-cigarettes from being sold to children under the age of 18. But the proposal does not specifically address electronic cigarette marketing and advertisements that health advocates say appeal to children.

    Public health advocates hope the final rule will address these concerns.

    Source: The Hill – 20 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1aRpaKs

    US: San Francisco set to strike chewing tobacco from ballparks

    San Francisco may become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields.

    City supervisors have voted unanimously to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco at athletic venues, specifically singling out baseball, which has a long history of players masticating and spitting tobacco juice in view of children who worship them.

    ” That’s not the right message to send to children”, said Mark Farrell, chief sponsor of the legislation. “Kids shouldn’t get the idea that they need to use tobacco to play ball.”

    The San Francisco ordinance is part of an overall push by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, based in Washington, D.C., which targeted the city and California to promote its anti-smoking efforts.

    An even more expansive bill outlawing all tobacco use, including electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, wherever an organized game of baseball is played in California is making its way through the Assembly.

    Source: Mail Online – 22 April 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1aRpxER

    Earth Day: Help clean up tobacco’s toll on the environment

    In recognition of Earth Day (22 April), Jefferson County Public Health and tobacco prevention advocates across Jefferson County, Colorado, are encouraging everyone to take steps to clean up the tobacco litter that negatively impacts the environment.

    It is estimated that several trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year. In fact, cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world with an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of butts littered globally each year.

    Not only does cigarette litter ruin even the most picturesque setting, but the toxic residue in cigarette filters is damaging to the environment and dangerous to animals and people. Cigarette filters can take decades to degrade and research from San Diego State University found that just one discarded butt is toxic enough to kill all the marine life in one litre of seawater.

    Source: Denver Post – 20 April 2015
    Link: http://dpo.st/1FdAIEt